Academic Editing for Dissertations and Journal Articles (In 6 Easy Steps!)

It’s Dissertation Season: Do you need an editor for your dissertation, journal article, or thesis?

6 Steps to Academic Editing

6 Steps to Academic Editing

It’s that time of year again! Spring is in the air, and PhD candidates from all over this great country are getting final dissertation feedback from their advisors.  If you fall into this very elite group of academics, let me be one of the first to congratulate you on this wonderful occasion. You’ve worked hard these past few years (or decade, as it may be), and you should be proud of your accomplishments.

I’m going to make this a quick-ish post and get right to the point.

As you’ve likely ascertained, I’m an editor.  There is nothing in this world that gives me more joy than reviewing other people’s texts to figure out ways to make them better, cleaner, stronger, and easier to understand.  There are few things that are more satisfying than a properly formatted data table, correctly punctuated in-text citations, and the appropriate use of the Oxford comma. These things make me inexplicably happy.

I know that you are D.O.N.E  with editing your dissertation (or journal article, or thesis) to comply with APA  / Chicago / MLA format.  At this point, you don’t really care much if the period comes after the closing parenthesis or within it. You’ve given up trying to figure out if you have to include the DOI in your reference section.  And the proper formatting rules of block quotes are so absurd that you’re ready to just summarize the damn information in your own words.

Don’t worry. I’m here for you.

Here’s the pitch: When you have received feedback from your advisors and just can’t handle any more revisions and edits, contact me and we’ll get it done. If you bring me on as your editor, here’s what you can expect (I made it into an easy 6-step process):

  1. A (free!) email or phone consultation to discuss your *dissertation. We’ll talk about what needs to be reviewed and edited, your style guide, and what your timeline is. This is where we’ll figure out if I would be of any help to you, and if I can complete your request in the time allotted and within your budget.
  2. If everything looks good, you’ll email a word document of your dissertation to me.
  3. I’ll work my magic while you enjoy a glass of wine (or another beverage of your choosing).
  4. You’ll receive both a mark up and clean copy of all my edits for review.
  5. You’ll love all the changes that were made, and happily submit your payment via PayPal.
  6. You graduate and think of me often as you climb the success ladder of life. You’ll also tell all your friends and colleagues about me.

Sound good? Of course it does.  And that’s all there is! In all seriousness, hiring an editor to proofread and polish any of your major academic texts should be a no-brainer. These are the definitive works of your academic career, and you should take pride in them.

Would you mind answering one question for me before heading on your way? You can just leave your answer as a comment to this post. My question is: What is the hardest part of writing your dissertation? (Example answers:  proper formatting, explaining the data and research clearly, writing the introduction, etc…) I’ll absolutely respond to any comments that you leave.

Thanks and hope to hear from you soon.  [button font_size=”20″ color=”#c8232b” text_color=”#ffffff” icon=”arrow-circle-o-right” url=”” target=”_self”]I Want an Editor! [/button]


A few informal footnotes:

*You can replace the word dissertation for thesis, or journal article. The process is just about the same.

**If you know someone who could use an academic editor, please pass along my info.

***Are you a graduate or doctoral student who speaks English as a second language? I specialize in working with academics who don’t speak English as their native language, and I would love to work with you!

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